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SMOKIN' ACES

Wardrobe And Hairstyles
Award-winning costume designer Mary Zophres found her experience working on Smokin' Aces "capturing many of the characters in, often, one costume change. It was invigorating to me, how to get the point of one character across in one costume.” Some of Alicia Keys' wardrobe as Georgia Sykes had to make her look more than just hot. "She has to become a hooker who can conceal five weapons, cartridges and all kinds of ammunition,” says Zophres. "That was a huge challenge. We made her outfit out of a jumpsuit we purchased at the Inglewood Market. Then I found a short coat, and we hacked off the sleeves and collar, and that's what she wears—this little fur bolero, to cover her weapons.

"The Tremor brothers are a mixture of white trash, white supremacists and just psychotic gross,” says Zophres of the distinctive look she devised. "They have no regard for anyone else but themselves. And they dress accordingly.”

It's wasn't only the wardrobe that contributes to the look of many of the characters. Key hairstylist Teressa Hill applied a combination of haircuts—designed in collaboration with Carnahan and the actors of the ensemble—for characters such as Darwin, Jeeves and Lester Tremor. With actors including Alicia Keys and Jeremy Piven, who couldn't alter their look because of their day jobs, wigs were an easy way to create a different style.

"Jeremy is someone who is very recognizable,” says Hill, "and we wanted people not to think of him as his character on Entourage. So, we decided to create a look with longer hair. I had a lot of gray put into it for the final look, and I progressively revealed the gray and the length of the wig over the course of the scenes.”

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Production wrapped, the filmmakers reflect on the very exhausting, wonderfully strange experience that was principal photography on Smokin' Aces. Producer Eric Fellner sums up the sentiment of much of the cast and crew—who were willing to brave hairy stunts, long days on set and memorizing razor-sharp dialogue to bring the world of Joe Carnahan to life—"Although genrewise it's very different than a lot of the films we've done, it still relies on character and good storytelling.”

Excited by the upcoming release date, writer/director Carnahan, flashing a wicked smile, concludes of his film: "It's my all-out, gonzo, over-the-top American movie.” In the words of assassin booker Loretta Wyman: "How 'bout that love?”

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